tyrwhitt, thomas

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tyrwhitt, thomas

English scholar especially notable for his work on the medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. In classical and English scholarship alike, Tyrwhitt showed the same qualities of balance, wide knowledge, and critical acumen. (He was the one man able, on linguistic grounds alone, to denounce as a forgery the poems by Thomas Chatterton purporting to be by one "Thomas Rowley.")

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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